Best way to make emails private on Thunderbird?

Discussion in 'privacy technology' started by lucygrl, Jan 21, 2014.

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  1. lucygrl

    lucygrl Registered Member

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    What do I need to do to make emails private and secure on Thunderbird?
    Some sort of encryption I guess. Any advice?

    thankyou.
     
  2. Nebulus

    Nebulus Registered Member

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    I never tried it, but I think it is possible to find a portable version of Thunderbird and store it along with your profiles folder in an encrypted TrueCrypt container.
     
  3. dogbite

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    PGP but nobody uses it.
     
  4. Tadoussac

    Tadoussac Registered Member

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    Depends what you want to encrypt.

    If you want to encrypt outbound email and decrypt inbound email messages, then GnuPG/PGP encryption + the T'Bird Enigmail plugin is an excellent option. The setup requires some time and effort, and good luck finding many friends willing to install it at their end - especially those who no longer use a dedicated email client, and have switched to a web-based service.

    If you want to encrypt stored messages, then I agree with the last post - put your T'Bird profile inside an encrypted partition or container. I use DiskCryptor this way - and when I unmount the encrypted partition, all my stored messages are locked away from view. TrueCrypt will also do this effectively.
     
  5. theprivateguy

    theprivateguy Registered Member

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    If you only want to encrypt local storage of Thunderbird then you can use file lockers like Folder Lock, Ciphee, Iron Key, etc.
     
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